Online content to support the Australian Curriculum

Thursday, 28 November 2013 12:24pm

Finding online resources that are aligned to the Australian Curriculum is now a whole lot easier. Education Services Australia (ESA) has developed Scootle, a purpose-designed search tool which is available to teachers nationally. Some of the content to be found on Scootle is captioned, and teachers can refine their search to include only captioned material.

The Scootle portal houses an increasing range of content from a variety of educational sources. From an accessibility standpoint, only some of the content is captioned and Scootle has put processes in place to include more captioned educational content in the future.

Media Access Australia partnered with ESA to caption hundreds of short video clips provided by ESA under agreements with some major Australian cultural organisations. This was achieved through Media Access Australia’s former Captioning Grant, which was provided by the former Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA), now the Department of Social Services and administered by Media Access Australia. ESA has integrated the caption files with Scootle’s media player to make captioned titles searchable by the user.

Scootle is more than a place for teachers to find resources, as there are opportunities for teachers to join networks, create learning pathways and share these with students and peers. There are professional learning network opportunities for teachers in Scootle Community.

Teachers can also build collections of resources, browse, curate and scan and create collaborative workspaces.  Further ways to connect with other teachers are through Scootle Blog and via Twitter. There is even a Scootle app that lets you look for captioned content on the go.

Teachers can search for captioned content and also discover 10 ways to use Scootle to assist with their planning and lesson preparation.

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